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The LondonJazz website recently published an amusing Dutch review that accused British jazz of “flirting with pop music and other genres”, in a way that made it diverge from European trends. Though hardly pop, Sons of Kemet may well be a case in point. A quartet led by reeds player Shabaka Hutchings (born in London but raised in Barbados), with Seb Rochford and Tom Skinner on drums, and tuba-player Oren Marshall pumping out the basslines, they draw on pan-Caribbean influences including Jamaica’s nyabinghi drum cults and reggae horn players such as Cedric Brooks.

Nabucco, director: Nicola Luisotti

Nabucco, Royal Opera house, London

Topical references in programme notes printed in advance are risky, and Boris Berezovsky’s miserable demise has made Covent Garden’s essayist - for whom he represents the quintessential pampered exile - look silly.

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The Emperor of Atlantis/Christ lag in Todesbanden, English Touring Opera, Linbury Studio, London

Strange: you go to hear an opera composed in a concentration camp, and it’s Bach who moves you to tears. Terezin was the Nazis’ show prison, where the Czech Jewish intelligentsia was allowed to pursue its cultural activities prior to being trucked off to Auschwitz.

A point to prove: Guston's 'The Line' (1978)

When fingers point

Philip Guston's switch from abstract to figurative left critics and fans irate, but an exhibition of his work proves them wrong, argues Adrian Hamilton

Jamaica 50: Jimmy Cliff, Indig02, London

The weekend before this last of 12 gigs at this venue celebrating Jamaica’s 1962 independence, Usain Bolt leads the tiny nation’s dominance of the Olympics’ most iconic event, and West Indies manage a rare Test match win in Kingston.

New releases 04/08/2012: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, London: the Modern Babylon, A Simple Life, Sound of My Voice, Undefeatedm The Flowers of War, Eames: the Architect & the Painter, Leave It on the Floor and Truth or Dare

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Dog Days (U)

**

Dir. David Bowers
Starring Zachary Gordon,  Robert Capron, 94mins

Another episodic series of misfortunes and indignities befall Greg Heffley, the fairly charmless hero of these adaptations of Jeff Kinney’s children’s novels. He  embarrasses himself in  front of his teenage crush;  has to join his father in a  Civil War battle re-enactment; loses his trunks in the swimming pool, and so on.

Album: The Albion Band, The Vice of the People (Powered Flight Music)

The Vice of the People represents a passing of the folk-rock baton to another generation, Ashley Hutchings' son Blair Dunlop taking the reins and, with a coterie of young players, injecting youthful fire into the band's trad-folk stylings.

Album: Handel-Caldara, Carmelite Vespers 1709 (Deutsche Harmonia Mundi)

Despite the linkage suggested by the hyphen, Handel and Caldara never worked together; rather, the latter replaced the former as composer to Cardinal Ruspoli in Rome.

Disease, not conflict, ended the reign of Alexander the Great

Was the mightiest warlord in history killed by nothing more than the common mosquito? Jonathan Thompson investigates

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